It’s common for JWU students to have spent time in the workforce, raising families, and/or traveling before becoming a Wildcat. While there are huge benefits to this life experience, one big drawback is that many of them don’t spend their time practicing academic writing. Since it’s such a foundational skill for any course at JWU, let’s review some ways you can re-familiarize yourself with academic writing as you get back into the swing of classwork.
In an online class, the discussion forum is the main way students and professors interact with the course’s ideas and lessons. But how do you do this successfully—and earn top marks for your thoughts?
What is a Discussion Post?
In an online class, discussion posts are the main way students and professors interact with the course’s ideas and lessons. The best discussion posts demonstrate an understanding of the course material and present a cohesive argument with evidence to back it up.
Since the rise of standardized tests in the 1990s, many students have been taught how to write in conditions that radically differ from those of higher education. Reading texts curated by a testing company, often disconnected from subject matter, and planning and writing a short essay in an hour or so is nothing like higher education writing. This challenges students to re-learn good writing habits.
One of my roles as the College of Online Education’s Student Writing Support Specialist is to help students understand what academic writing means, and how they can accomplish it.
Academic writing is an essential skill and one that involves clarity and power of expression. Writing specific and detail-oriented text, incorporating relevant sources, and maintaining a clear sense of audience, purpose, and genre are key elements to writing at a higher level.
I know this sounds a bit complicated, so let’s break it down! Here are eight things to keep in mind when writing:
Communication matters in the workplace. Clear instructions keep industries moving forward, and a large piece of the messaging is technical communication. Develop your ability to convey essential yet complex information in the form of manuals, instructions, journals, guides, and more so that tasks can be easily understood and processed. Put your writing and editing skills to work through courses that focus on perfecting your technical writing skills.
Many aspiring students assume that graduate school applications resemble those completed years ago for undergraduate programs. Instead, most are shocked to find a far more rigorous process—as it is no longer enough to submit a transcript and SAT scores. With today’s graduate applications, purpose takes on an oversized role.
Email continues to be one of the most common forms of communication, especially in the workplace among coworkers and leadership.
In a previous post, we spelled out eight email “etiquette” rules to follow when writing an email on the job. These tips continue to be crucial to employee success when it comes to email communication - so here’s what you should always remember:
Good writing skills are necessary for a successful online college experience, and Kellie Nappa is here to help! As the Student Writing Support Specialist for the Johnson & Wales University College of Online Education, Kellie knows just how to help students put their best foot forward when it comes to writing. Here are five ways that a writing specialist like Kellie can help you improve your technique:
Whether you’re applying for an internship or preparing for your future career, it is important to have a polished résumé that speaks to your character and skill set. As a Career Counselor at Johnson & Wales University and an online instructor, I frequently review student résumés.
Here are seven of the most common résumé mistakes I see:
1. Incorrectly listing information and dates.
As the Student Writing Specialist for JWU Online, professors often tell me that their students struggle with understanding assignment instructions.
Here’s how to tackle the sometimes frustrating process of following complex or lengthy directions.
1. Read all assignment instructions carefully as soon as you receive them.
This will save you time and stress later on! If there is something you do not understand, be sure to reach out to your instructor as soon as you are able, as this is when his or her feedback will be most useful.